Why I'd Rather Wear Fur Than Go Naked

Friday, November 11, 2011 Andrea Lo 3 Comments

Controversial statement: I love fur, and I am not afraid to admit it.

My love for fur means I have amassed a mini collection in my wardrobe, mostly vintage cast-offs from my mother.

There is nothing that overlaps form and function quite as succinctly as a good fur coat. They are usually made intricately with attention to detail, and as an added bonus to the prestige of owning a fur coat, they do a more than fabulous job of keeping you warm as you are stylish in harsh English winters.

While I respect some people's views that wearing fur is immoral and the methods to extract the fur unethical, I see no reason why my personal choice should be openly criticised by others. A misconception most anti-fur persons have is an image of endangered species being skinned alive in a dungeon, while in truth the fur industry is strictly regulated by the authorities.

As you might expect, I have been given quite a lot of shit from people for 'having a dead animal draped over me'. I understand that not everybody might want to wear fur, but it's just ironic that many of these anti-fur, so-called animal lovers tend to be meat eaters; I'm also willing to bet they have probably used beauty products tested on animals at least once in their lives.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), one of the most well-known animal rights terrorist activist organisations, has a long-running campaign called I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur, featuring C-list celebrities.

Aside from PETA's notoriously radical philosophy and often violent methods of protesting, the first problem I have with this campaign is the fact that most of these celebrities would get naked anyway. Case in point: Holly Madison, Playboy cover model and Hugh Hefner's former no.1 girlfriend.

The organisation has been criticised time and time again for their overtly violent publicity stunts, as well as blatant disregard for the freedom of choice.

Consider this: the president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, has been known to actively encourage, rationalise and even go as far as to celebrate acts of violence against medical researchers and animal laboratories. Their anti-fur antics in the past range from tossing a dead raccoon on Vogue editrix Anna Wintour's luncheon plate in a New York restaurant and spraying fake blood all over the International Fur Fair in Paris, to the more serious acts of 'committing arson, setting off time bombs, destroying research facilities and running online eco-terror "training camps".' Their violent acts against people have even earned them classification as a 'terrorist threat' by the US Department of Agriculture.

I am not attempting to justify the cruelty towards animals or inhumane methods of extracting any part of an animal. The point I am trying to make here is that just because I wear fur, doesn't mean I am an animal hater, or abuser. Those who condemn others for their actions should also examine their own before carrying out judgement.


  1. We're really doing everyone a favour:

  2. Thank you Sophie - My sentiments exactly!

  3. Your "personal choice" involves torturing innocent sentient beings, that's why it should be criticized. It's that simple. And yes, you are an animal hater and abuser. You paid someone to do the dirty work for you, that's all.